Applications of "New Science" Research
computer has as much to do with Information Age Warfare as the
internal combustion engine has to do with Industrial Age Warfare
or mere muscle has to do with Agricultural Age Warfare. Many in
the defense establishment, however, equate Information Technology
with Information Age Warfare at the same time they continue to
hold mechanistic models of warfare in high esteem.
last decade has seen an explosion of multi-disciplinary research
at places like the Santa Fe Institute and the New England Complex
Systems Institute. These groups are developing new mathematical
techniques to evaluate information rich processes. They are also
finding rich similarities between disciplines long thought irrelevant
to each other. Taken in the whole, this New Science research is emerging its own field of activity and providing new
tools for the Operations Research analyst. Alidade is pioneering
the application of New Science tools to warfare problems.